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BALMUDA The Toaster

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BALMUDA The Toaster

BALMUDA The Toaster

BALMUDA The Toaster

BALMUDA The Toaster

BALMUDA The Toaster

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Flavor, aroma, texture

BALMUDA The Toaster uses steam technology and precise temperature control to enhance the three essential elements of any culinary delight. It features four distinct steam-driven modes and an Oven Mode.

Revolutionary
technology

What makes BALMUDA The Toaster

unique is the five cc of water poured

in at the beginning of each toast.

Heating more rapidly than air,

the steam locks in the bread's inner

moisture before the surface is

given a golden brown finish.

This process draws out the delicious

aroma and flavor unlike any other.

How it works

How it works
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*Example : Temperature regulation in Sandwich Bread Mode

Precise temperature regulation

Second-by-second control of three temperature zones creates superb contrasts of flavor and texture: a crisp and savory outside with a moist and fluffy inside.

The five modes

Find out more about the distinct steam-driven modes designed to create the perfect toast, no matter what type of bread. The Oven Mode can be used to heat oven-friendly dishes.

Sandwich Bread Mode

Heats both sides of the bread evenly at a moderate temperature. Recommended for thin slices and everyday sandwich bread.

This mode is ideal for everyday thin-sliced bread and English muffins. It delivers a delicious contrast between a crisp exterior and a moist interior. Adjust the timer to obtain the desired level of golden finish.

Artisan Bread Mode

Heats at a moderate-to-high temperature. Recommended for thick slices and fresh bread with high moisture content.

This high-temperature toasting mode is designed to bring out the full texture and aroma of artisan bread. It delivers a crisp surface while preserving the bread’s interior elasticity. Even moist bakery bread takes on a toasted hue, just as if it had been dry-fried by a chef.

Pizza Mode

Heats at a high temperature, especially on top. Recommended for sliced bagels and toast with toppings to give a crisp, golden brown finish.
* With oily foods or toppings that can drip, be sure to use the baking pan.

Pizza is notoriously the most problematic dish to reheat, so we created a setting specially designed for it. By toasting more strongly from above than below, this mode is ideal for bread that requires a crispy base with melted toppings. Bagels also shine in this mode, as they will toast to a golden surface while maintaining their chewy texture.

Pastry Mode

Heats at a moderate temperature without browning. Recommended for bread that you just want to warm up, such as croissants, rolls and baguettes.

Designed to emulate a baker’s oven, this mode reproduces the flavor, texture, and moisture that could once only be experienced with freshly baked bread. Buttery croissants become warm and crisp without burning. Heated baguettes remain light and airy on the inside with a wonderfully crunchy outside. Rolls come out piping hot -- even in the center.

Oven Mode 350 / 400 / 450°F

Heat is regulated to reach the desired temperature without the use of steam. Recommended for dishes such as gratin, cookies and even frozen foods that can be oven-cooked.

Utilizing heat without steam, this mode offers three different temperature settings (350°F / 400°F / 450°F) just like a traditional oven. It is a great way to prepare various smaller dishes such as gratin, cookies, or even frozen foods that can be oven-cooked.

Sandwich Bread Mode

Heats both sides of the bread evenly at a moderate temperature. Recommended for thin slices and everyday sandwich bread.

This mode is ideal for everyday thin-sliced bread and English muffins. It delivers a delicious contrast between a crisp exterior and a moist interior. Adjust the timer to obtain the desired level of golden finish.

Artisan Bread Mode

Heats at a moderate-to-high temperature. Recommended for thick slices and fresh bread with high moisture content.

This high-temperature toasting mode is designed to bring out the full texture and aroma of artisan bread. It delivers a crisp surface while preserving the bread’s interior elasticity. Even moist bakery bread takes on a toasted hue, just as if it had been dry-fried by a chef.

Pizza Mode

Heats at a high temperature, especially on top. Recommended for sliced bagels and toast with toppings to give a crisp, golden brown finish.
* With oily foods or toppings that can drip, be sure to use the baking pan.

Pizza is notoriously the most problematic dish to reheat, so we created a setting specially designed for it. By toasting more strongly from above than below, this mode is ideal for bread that requires a crispy base with melted toppings. Bagels also shine in this mode, as they will toast to a golden surface while maintaining their chewy texture.

Pastry Mode

Heats at a moderate temperature without browning. Recommended for bread that you just want to warm up, such as croissants, rolls and baguettes.

Designed to emulate a baker’s oven, this mode reproduces the flavor, texture, and moisture that could once only be experienced with freshly baked bread. Buttery croissants become warm and crisp without burning. Heated baguettes remain light and airy on the inside with a wonderfully crunchy outside. Rolls come out piping hot -- even in the center.

Oven Mode 350 / 400 / 450°F

Heat is regulated to reach the desired temperature without the use of steam. Recommended for dishes such as gratin, cookies and even frozen foods that can be oven-cooked.

Utilizing heat without steam, this mode offers three different temperature settings (350°F / 400°F / 450°F) just like a traditional oven. It is a great way to prepare various smaller dishes such as gratin, cookies, or even frozen foods that can be oven-cooked.

Dedication to
good food

“How should the toaster be designed
to match the delicious food it creates?”

In tackling this question, over two thousand designs were rendered. The end result was BALMUDA The Toaster -- featuring a slightly rough feel, a perfectly weighted dial, and a window that emulates a wood-fired oven. This appliance was designed to incite nostalgia and excitement as you create your perfect toast.

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Best Toaster, Period.

Ryan on June 11, 2020

This is the BEST toaster that I have ever used. I was hesitant on the purchase because of the price, but have not regretted it for even a second. Phenomenal quality. Well made. Great design.

Ya gotta believe

Loren on July 28, 2020

Wow. It's not hype. The best toast ever. This isn't just a re-invention, it's a revolution. Someday all quality toasters will be made this way....until then, THIS ONE is in a class by itself.

Dream Toaster

Nisha on January 11, 2021

I’m not sure how a toaster can be this amazing. But the Balmuda is THE ONE for me!

Love my new toaster

Vlad on June 28, 2020

Makes toast and whatever I put in there come out totally scrumptious. No toaster I’ve ever owned even comes close in comparison. Also makes delicious pastries, and pizza comes out crispy with perfect texture.

Game Changer

Oliver on May 30, 2020

This toaster cooks life back into any bread or bagel making it taste so good as though it were straight from the baker's oven.

Do yourself a favor, get a Balmuda!

Product Stories

From initial spark to finished product, BALMUDA The Toaster was two decades in the making. Development began based on a certain idea, but took some surprising turns after chance discoveries. Below, I share some memories of the journey.

Gen Terao, CEO and Chief Designer, BALMUDA

1991, Ronda, Spain

1991, Ronda, Spain

When I was 17, I dropped out of high school to see the world. I spent a year tracing the Mediterranean coastline on my own, visiting Spain, Italy, Morocco, and other countries. It was an unforgettable adventure -- equal parts pleasurable, lonely, and stimulating.

I left Japan by plane, then traveled by train, bus, and foot to my first destination: the town of Ronda. Barely able to sleep from excitement and nerves, I arrived exhausted and famished. A delicious aroma on a street corner caught my attention and I eventually tracked it to a small local bakery.

Using my rudimentary Spanish, I managed to convince the baker to share some of his bread with me. As I took my first bite, tears welled in my eyes -- I felt tension, fatigue, hope, and uncertainty. The flavor and aroma of the bread seemed to break down a dam within me, letting all my emotions flow out. Even today, I still remember the fragrance and taste of that freshly baked bread.

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A barbecue in the rain

A barbecue in the rain

May 2014. It was the day of our annual company barbecue, and unfortunately it was raining buckets since the early morning. We considered canceling the event, but we decided to go ahead with it anyway. If nothing else, we reasoned, it would be a memorable experience… and we were right! Although we all got soaked to the skin while eating, this happy accident ultimately provided the inspiration for BALMUDA the Toaster.

Our development team brought some bread along to grill with the meat. For some mysterious reason, the toast came out perfectly: crisp on the outside and moist on the inside. If we could reproduce this, we thought, BALMUDA could make a revolutionary toaster!

The following day, the team began experiments seeking to reproduce that perfect toast. Despite a full staff effort, success remained elusive. What was the secret ingredient? Was it the charcoal? The distance from the flame? The grill itself? As the process of trial and error went on, someone finally made a key observation: “Remember how rainy it was the day of the barbecue?” The answer was humidity. 

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Learning from professionals

Learning from professionals

A visit to a famous bakery in Tokyo provided a key moment in the research and development process for BALMUDA The Toaster. They were kind enough to allow our development team to visit before they opened and try some freshly baked bread. The team then enjoyed a tour of the kitchen where they found electric ovens with highly precise steam functionality. It was a startling discovery: truly remarkable bread could be baked using only the power of electricity and water.

On this day, we became confident that we were on the right track.

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Two thousand designs

Two thousand designs

As our engineering team worked on the basic prototype for BALMUDA The Toaster, our design team started to explore product renderings. The first stage was to ideate through free-form brainstorming.

The guiding question for the design of BALMUDA The Toaster was, “how should the toaster be designed to match the delicious food it creates?" A simply modern design would not be enough — the product needed to combine a feeling of nostalgia with uniqueness.

After reviewing proposals from countless candidates, a basic model was chosen. The design team then began working hand in hand with the technology teams on every little detail -- right down to the size and placement of individual screws.

By the time they were finished, the design team had created approximately two thousand sketches and renderings for BALMUDA The Toaster.

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A never-ending experiment

A never-ending experiment

Once the prototype reflecting the core design proposal was ready, the next step was refining the hardware. Even minor changes to minute details such as the size of the toasting area, the angle of the reflecting board, and the position of the heating tubes could significantly change how the toast came out.

Over a thousand hours of experimental toasting led us to develop a range of modes for different types of bread, optimizing each for the best results.

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How to use

How to use

BALMUDA The Toaster toasts every kind of bread

in the most effective way to bring out the perfect

combination of flavor, aroma, and texture.

It can also be used to make dishes such as

cookies and lasagna just like a regular oven.

Recipes

RECIPES

Spicy Chorizo & Cheddar Cheese Open Sandwich

RECIPES

Twice-Baked Baby Potatoes with Smoked Salmon

RECIPES

Ice Cream on Toast with
Roasted Berries, Chocolate, and Olive Oil

RECIPES

Turkey Casserole with Porcini and Green Beans

RECIPES

Eggs Baked in Chili Oil
with Dried Tomatoes and Oregano 

RECIPES

Seed Toast with Almond Butter and Jam

RECIPES

Zucchini with Anchovy
and Lemon on Toast

RECIPES

Smoked Salmon and
Sour Cream Bagel Sandwich

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Better Life.

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